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From the Bible Society: The Bible Series: Experience a better story

Like me you’ve probably been invited to a vast number of webinars over the last few months. One of the recent invitations I did accept was from the Bible Society and I wholeheartedly commend the latest resources they were offering: The Bible Series.

Over seven weeks, The Bible Series introduces people to the overall story of the Bible. Each week touches on key themes and relates them to universal human needs. Alongside this they have created a suite of flexible creative resources available to select from and use as appropriate. At the heart are seven Sunday sermons, with midweek material and excellent children and youth resources.

Don’t confuse this new material with an earlier Bible Society resource The Bible Course. Bible Society recommend hosting The Bible Series as a regular part of your Sunday programme (and mid-week small groups) and then using The Bible Course as a follow-up for those interested in understanding more about the Bible.

The Bible Series is a free resource for church leaders. Session 3 is freely accessible so you can see the resources available to you as you plan to host the series. To access all the sessions you just need to create a free Bible Society account. If you already have an account, you just need to sign in. The Bible Series will be freely available throughout 2021. This means that you can have confidence to schedule this resource over seven weeks in your church next year.

You can find full details at https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/get-involved/the-bible-series/

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Webinar: Black Lives Matter & National Black Police Association, “Black and Blue”

Wednesday 2 December 2020 from 7.30pm to 9pm

This webinar is an opportunity for Black, Christian police officers, past and present, to talk about “Black Lives Matter” movement, racism, law and order and their Christian faith. In all the numerous Black Lives Matter-related conversations this year, there has been little, if anything, citing the views of police officers, especially Black ones, who no doubt have a unique perspective on this important matter.

This event features Janet Hills, a serving police officer of 29 years, and current head of the National Black Police Association (BPA); Dr Leroy Logan MBE, a retired police officer and former head of the BPA. The third current speaker is Bevan Powell MBE, also a former head of the BPA and now the Methodist Church in Britain’s lead on “Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion”.

 The event is being chaired by the Archdeacon of Croydon, Revd Dr Rosemarie Mallett and Revd Les Isaac OBE, of Street Pastors/Ascension Trust. To register to attend this webinar, please click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/8116050993952/WN_XSTTGoOPSdWg_KYwFtXK6w

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Flexible Framework for Local Unity in Mission.

Churches Together in England have launched a new Toolkit to accompany the ‘Flexible Framework for Local Unity in Mission.’ This Toolkit provides an easy-to use framework to help local churches to collaborate with confidence and flexibility, developing the right agreement for joint ventures such as holiday clubs, mission events, Messy Church, homeless shelters and community cafés. You can access the toolkit HERE.

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Runs from 18 to 25 January 2021 inclusive. Resources for the 2021 WPCU have been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. The theme, ‘Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit,’ is based on John 15:1-17 and expresses the Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the in wider society. You can access the resources HERE. 

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To CTE Member Churches, Enabling Group members, County and National Ecumenical Officers/contact people, Bodies in Association and CTE staff cc CTE Presidents
 
I am delighted to let you know that our candle poster is now available at www.cte.org.uk/prayersofhope and we would be most grateful if you would publicise this as widely as possible and as soon as possible. The following statement will almost immediately be sent to our press contacts.
 
Press statement:
 
As our nation faces the unprecedented challenge of the coronavirus pandemic, Churches Together in England (CTE) is encouraging Christians across our nations to continue uniting in prayer, praying #PrayersOfHope in their homes at 7.00 pm each Sunday evening.

Following the overwhelming response which the National Call to Prayer and Action received on Mothering Sunday, CTE has prepared a candle poster for those who would like to place a permanent symbol in their front windows of Christ’s light shining in the darkness. Visit www.cte.org.uk/prayersofhope
 
This poster has been made available due to our awareness of the potential fire risk posed by lighting live candles, particularly on windowsills. We are keen to avoid adding any pressure to our emergency service personnel, particularly at this difficult time.

‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.’ John 1:5

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Light the Night at the St. Julian Centre, High Street, Shrewsbury SY1 1UH, is an inter-church service held on the 4th Saturday of each month, in conjunction with Shrewsbury Street Pastors. The evening begins at 7.30pm with Prayer, Praise and Encouragement followed by a time of refreshments. We resume at 9pm with a talk, worship and ministry time. At 10pm we send out the Street Pastors’ patrol for the night. We are building ministry teams in the areas of music, greeting, hospitality, tech, prayer, and children’s ministry and encourage you and members of your church to get involved.

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